The old fire lookout site near Anderson Butte is a favorite summer hiking destination of many. I’d heard that climbing to the true summit in the winter was possible, so Lynn, Sue, and Larry agreed to join me on a reconnaissance trip yesterday. We were only able to drive part way to the trail head, adding an additional 5 1/2 mile road walk (each way!) to what was already a decent day out. Needless to say, we didn’t summit. We were close, though! A short trip up the gully on the right (pictured above), followed by a ridge walk to the summit was all that remained.
Stunning views of Mount Baker, the Shuksan Arm, and the Pickets were our consolation prize. Many thanks to Larry for snapping the picture (below) of “the three ladies of Shuksan” at sunset.